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Gavin Martin replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'WHY must we wear a bra?' in the group Women of Think Atheist
"And the question should be why is that? I think age gets a lot some respect until you're written off as over the hill (as your knowledge is out of date), but in the world of sex and reproduction it is the female biological clock that…"
Mar 29, 2013
Gavin Martin replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'WHY must we wear a bra?' in the group Women of Think Atheist
"Thanks Kairan, I took a bit of time to write that and keep it 100% classy!"
Mar 29, 2013
Gavin Martin replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'WHY must we wear a bra?' in the group Women of Think Atheist
"Bras, like wearing make up and dressing up nicely, are primary aesthetic choice. This choice is driven by the desire to stay young and attractive. The question should be why should anyone strive to look younger than they are to be attractive?…"
Mar 27, 2013
Tom Sarbeck commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"Gavin, I doubt that self esteem can be dictated by anyone. "
Jan 9, 2013
Gavin Martin commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"but Tom would you want your daughter's self esteem dictated by the opinions of others?"
Jan 9, 2013
Gavin Martin commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"Tom, I'm from a similar family, but I am concerned my daughter is over complimented and this may give her false expectations. On the other hand I like to tell her how strong or clever she is so that she know these are values too, not just being…"
Jan 9, 2013
Tom Sarbeck commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"Gavin and all, I see a lot of wisdom in the posts here, though I too am unsure about the biological 'need to be wanted' theory. When I (a straight, white male) reached the age of frustration with how men and women differed socially and…"
Jan 8, 2013
Gavin Martin replied to Stephen Sutton's discussion 'R.I.P What Does it Mean to You?'
"I came for the atheist debate, but I stayed for the cat chat. Welcome to the internet!"
Jan 8, 2013
Gavin Martin commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"iprefertostayanonnymous, My wife's religion is not a great concern, I am more opinionated and will probably apply more influence in the area of theism/atheism. My daughter will make her own mind up and may change it several times, either way…"
Jan 8, 2013
Gavin Martin commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"Atheist Census - This was the statistical source. Thanks for the wit Jason, 11% of readers found that hilarious! It's a censor by atheists for atheists, but could be a very imperfect survey for many reasons. I picked up the link from…"
Jan 8, 2013
Brazillian atheist commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"This is a good post, i sometimes get concerned on how am i gonna raise atheist kids if i marry a theist woman, so far i haven't even told my parents that i am an atheist, they are from 2 different religions. But they agree on some spots:…"
Jan 7, 2013
luvtheheaven commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"Kairan, you make a lot of great points. I too was raised to be religious but also raised to be empathethic, think of myself as completely equal to males, intelligence and education were greatly valued in my house growing up, etc. I had a favorite…"
Jan 7, 2013
Gavin Martin and Stephen Sutton are now friends
Jan 7, 2013
luvtheheaven commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"The atheist census site says here in the United States it's closer to 1/3rd of us who are women. I think some of the other factors are: women are more emotional on average and believing is more of an emotional thing, I suppose. A lot of people…"
Jan 7, 2013
Kairan Nierde commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"Hrm, I do believe my reputation as a religious, "good girl" may have shielded me from more agressive flirtation in high school.  I never really thought it served to protect me but that could be a sign of progress.  People…"
Jan 7, 2013
Tom Sarbeck commented on Gavin Martin's blog post 'Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?'
"Gavin, a few weeks ago I viewed a C-SPAN presentation of a convention of state supreme court justices. The narrator announced that of the fifty state supreme courts, the chief justices of more than half were women. Show videos like that to your…"
Jan 6, 2013

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Atheist
About Me:
Opinionated & a fitness enthusiast.
Age
31-35
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Single
Why are you here?
Discuss issues with like minded people.
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
Never took it seriously and neither did my parents.
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Why are only 25% of Atheist Women?

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 8:00am 28 Comments

I have a 4 year old daughter and have a small battle on my hands to protect her from her mother's 'spirituality' and loose association with a church. I recently discovered that approximately only 25% of atheists are women.

Away from clichés about lonely middle aged women finding god, I've been pondering what are the other pitfalls that snare women in to the grips of organised religion or having independent spiritual faith?

Without wanting to brainwash my daughter myself, in…

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